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Tigers clipped by Steamboat 4-0 at Tiger Stadium

BRYCE EVANS
summit daily news
summit county, co colorado

BRECKENRIDGE ” The first game of the season always brings about a higher level of anxiety for players and coaches waiting to see how the season will unfold.

Summit High School’s Thursday night matchup against the Steamboat Springs Sailors at Tiger Stadium was no different, as the Tigers fell behind early on their way to a 4-0 loss.

“The first half of the first game, there is always a lot of butterflies, a lot of nervousness,” SHS head coach Justin Turri said. “I think we now got that out of our system.”

Though the score was fairly lopsided, neither team’s coach felt the scoreboard was indicative of the game’s play.

“It was a four-nil game, but I thought that it was much tighter than that,” Steamboat head coach Rob Bohlmann said. “We just did a good job of being efficient in the penalty area and taking advantage of our opportunities.”

The Sailors jumped on a Tigers defensive lapse only 45 seconds into the game, as senior Blake Eddington knocked a shot past Summit goalkeeper Ben Ferris to put Steamboat up 1-0.

Fighting back, Tigers senior forward Hunter Black dribbled through three Steamboat defenders, tapped the ball past the Sailors’ charging goalie, Connor Birch, and seemingly had a wide open net to tie the score. But as he ripped a low shot, a Steamboat defender dove and barely tipped the ball past the right goal post.

Near misses would end up being the story of the night for the Tigers.

After another Eddington goal at 15:24 of the first half, Steamboat took a 2-0 lead

into halftime.

The Tigers came out firing in the second half, but couldn’t find a way to get the ball

past Birch.

Black once again put on a clinic with his footwork in the offensive zone, but after weaving through defenders, Birch was there once again to shut the door.

“That was a key save,” Bohlmann said. “That could have really been a game-

changer.”

The Sailors added two more scores in the second half, one coming on a corner kick, the other ricocheting off a Tiger defender in front of the goal.

“I’m actually not disappointed at all,” Turri said following the defeat. “I thought we were pretty even with them. We had about the same amount of chances, but they

had some really nice finishes.”

Black, though wishing his team had come out on top, thought the game was a good learning experience for a team that returned only five players from last year’s squad.

“The level of play was what we wanted,” he said. “Once we get the finishing down, we’ll get those goals that we need to continue on. The goals will start to come, but tonight just wasn’t my night.”

The Tigers received a solid performance from Ferris between the pipes, as he made several key saves to keep his team within striking distance. Turri also liked the way his defenders, including Zack Black, helped to push the ball and create offense.

“I asked them to do two things: To talk a lot out there and to work harder than the other team,” Turri said. “In the second half, that’s what we did. A game like this shows what we need to work on. We need to work on finishing and crossing, defending crosses.”

The Tigers will have the weekend to iron out the kinks and get ready for a road game against conference-rival Battle Mountain on Tuesday.

“I am proud of the way they played, and I expect us to keep getting better,” Turri said.

Bryce Evans can be reached at (970)668-4634 or at bevans@

summitdaily.com.


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